Dike 14 drop-in

Friday, the 21st saw an awesome drop-in of migrants at Dike 14/Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, with 15 species of warblers including three Mourning, three Pine, a horde of redstarts and Magnolias, thrushes, sparrows, catbirds, thrasher, and a load of flickers. This is by far one of the most significant migrant traps on the central Erie coastline. Birders are welcome to an “open house” of guided walks tomorrow at Dike 14 in the a.m. This location is open to the public, now, and it is an absolute hotspot.

Make sure you spend some time watching the small creek from the wooden bridge, just after entering the preserve. Dozens of warblers, including Black-throated Blue, Wilson’s, Magnolia, Black-and-white, Northern Waterthrush, redstarts, catbirds, towhee, thrasher, Gray-cheeked and Swainson’s Thrush, and even a Red-breasted Nuthatch took a dip in the creek bed this a.m. It is surrounded by thicket so one much watch closely with binoculars.

A SEDGE WREN, Marsh Wren, and many Common Yellowthroats were found in the grassy patch at the southeast end of the preserve, along the fence line bordering the open lawn of the Gordon boat launch.

Sedge Wren and Mourning Warbler, by JB, today at CLE Lakefront Nature Preserve:

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